Walking your dog with your toddler might be a crazy idea in your mind but today I am going to share how we did it! Since we got Bayley everyone has wanted to participate in her care in one form or another from grooming to feeding to walking. (You can read more about this in our post Tips for a New Puppy).We feel that it is very important to allow each child a job and to take responsibility in some way or another!
Lil’ Red likes being helpful and doing what the “big kids” can do. He asked if he could walk the dog and we said YES! He was going to go walk Bayley with Daddy’s help of course. We just so happened to have a slip leash from when our old dog, Jazz, got out of the yard and was picked up by animal control.
First we put on a dog harness which seems to calm Bayley down a bit. She has her everyday collar but she tends to pull too much and practically choke herself on walks if we just use a leash with a collar. Using a hraness allows for more control without hurting her. Next Daddy attached his 6 ft. leather leash to the harness. Then the yellow slip leash was added which Lil’ Red was going to use.
Boy, did Lil’ Red think he was big stuff “walking the dog”! Daddy was in control the entire time but Lil’ Red didn’t know it. If you notice the taunt leather leash but the loose yellow leash..
I absolutely loved taking pictures of both Daddy and Lil’ Red walking the dog. It was so cute to see the determination on Lil’ Red’s face as well as the sense of satisfaction he had! Bayley enjoyed her walk and so did her dog walkers. Exercise is important for puppies and dog’s as well as their humans!